The primary mission of ammunition specialists is to keep combat units supplied with serviceable
ammunition. The average ammunition company is designed to issue, receive, store, and re-warehouse
1,680 tons of ammunition a day. To meet this requirement in the safest and most efficient manner,
special handling procedures have been established and a variety of materials handling equipment has
The most important consideration in an ammunition area is safety. Fire prevention and fire fighting are
constantly stressed as the most pertinent of all safety precautions and procedures involving explosives
and chemical agents. Fire symbols or chemical hazard symbols, or both, are placed at all storage sites
as a guide for fire-fighting personnel. These symbols tell fire-fighting personnel immediately what type
of ammunition is stored in a location, the hazard involved, and the means that must be used to
extinguish the fire.
As an ammunition specialist, you must be familiar with materials handling equipment and safe handling
procedures for ammunition. You must also be able to identify correctly the fire and chemical hazard
symbols displayed in ammunition areas and be able to interpret them.
There are no supplementary requirements in material or personnel for this subcourse. You will need
only this book and will work without supervision.
Two credit hours will be awarded for the successful completion of this subcourse--a score of at least 70
on the end-of-subcourse examination.